Turkey roasting time for today's Thanksgiving dinner?
I usually cook my stuffed 20 - 22 lb turkey at 325 for about 5 1/2 hours. I buy a fresh one and it always comes out beautifully.
This year's 19 pounder is going to be unstuffed, and I don't know what to do about the timing. I've read anywhere from 5 - 10 minutes less per pound, which would take about 1 1/2 hours off.
Does 4 hours for a 19 pound turkey sound reasonable?
Also, I've been advised to cut a couple of onions and some celery and put that in the cavity.
Any ideas on this would be helpful.
I've never had the plesure of cooking anything bigger than 11-12 pounds or so, but I do know that celery and onion ( a little sliced apple too) in a unstuffed bird makes the juices nice and flavorful for the gravy.
Go by the chart for an approximate time, and then fine tune with the thermometer to make sure it's up to temp. I also like to use an orange along with onion and celery in the cavity.
Have a wonderful day!